The Lion's Roar

Scelfo’s journey of coaching football

Frank Scelfo, head coach of football, teaches his players various plays at practice. The football team looks to build off of its 4-7 overall record from last season. Scelfo joined the Lions in 2018 following over 30 years of experience coaching the sport.

Johnathan Zeringue, Staff Reporter

April 2, 2019

With over 30 years of coaching experience, Frank Scelfo was hired in January of 2018 to become the university’s 16th head coach of football. Beginning his second year at the helm of Lions football, Scelfo’s coaching career extends beyond his time with the university. “This will be my 37th ye...

Hayes reflects on 16 years in tennis

Jason Hayes, head coach of tennis, left, and Katya Cornejo, a sophomore international student on the tennis team, right, take a break during practice. Hayes has been coaching tennis for 16 years and has eight Coach of the Year Awards.

Maiah Woodring, Staff Reporter

March 26, 2019

In 16 years of coaching the Lady Lions, Jason Hayes, head coach of tennis, secured eight Coach of the Year awards. In addition, Hayes represented the university at the NCAA and coached internationally. At the university, Hayes’ current record sits at 312-231. “I’ve never pursued anything for m...

Narro rides into fourth year

Jake Narro, the head coach for the golf team, has been playing golf since he was 2 years old. Narro joined the Lions in 2014.

Gerard Borne, Staff Reporter

March 19, 2019

After decades of golf experience, Jake Narro, head coach of golf, started his fourth season with the university. Narro, who grew up in Meridian, Mississippi, first played a game of golf at the Lakeview golf course when he was 2 years old. He discussed his journey since then. “My father helped me ...

Underdogs and life lessons: Mistretta’s coaching approach

Corey Mistretta, head coach of track and field, has been coaching since 2004. He began coaching at the university as the assistant coach in 2014. Mistretta is acknowledged for his loyalty and dedication by his fellow coaches.

Diamond Hollins, Staff Reporter

March 11, 2019

For Corey Mistretta, head coach of track and field, entering the coaching profession was meant to be. With his dad being a football coach and his love for sports, Mistretta always knew that coaching would be a part of his life. “My dad was my high school football coach, so coaching has been in my...